corner corner Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World (Random House Reader's Circle)

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Journal Entry 1 by wingBooksandMusicwing from Seattle, Washington USA on Monday, March 12, 2012

9 out of 10

My experience as the parent of a special needs child is that if you need help that is outside of well-established systems then you will hear a fair amount of "we don't have the resources" or a variation thereof. If you are fortunate (and we are among the most fortunate in the world living in the U.S. in a middle class neighborhood with an income and good health insurance) you may find a very few people who will actually BE the resource. It is usually not a matter of who and what that helpful person has access to, it is a difference in their attitude or brain function, their willingness and ability to think through a problem and incredible, dogged persistence in applying whatever solutions they come up with. I am not claiming to be one of these people, they are kind of rare, but Dr. Paul Farmer is one of these people, he is at the top strata of this rare kind of individual.
Dr. Farmer is an infectious disease specialist who has done extensive work in Haiti, in the poorest sickest area of Haiti. He is a founding member of Partners in Health, an organization that has done very significant work in treating resistant strains of TB, especially in very poor areas, and also in treating AIDS in these poor areas of the world.
He is a remarkable individual who does life saving work every minute of his life it seems. A book well worth reading. 

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